Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 07, 2009 08:10 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Two Pickering Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CA Exam

Jacob Bell number one in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) -  Two Pickering Chartered Accounting students have achieved top marks on one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations, including Jacob Bell, who was the Ontario Gold Medallist for achieving the highest score in the province. According to the results of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), a national accounting examination, both Jacob and Amanda Breen earned places on the prestigious National Honour Roll – the listing of the top 51 students in the country.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

Jacob Bell articles with Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto and has an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. "When I first started I didn't know a lot about the CA designation and how much you can do if you achieve with it. The range of career possibilities offered by the CA designation really appealed to me," he said. "Winning the Ontario Gold Medal was very much a bonus. I was surprised. When you see the number of people writing the UFE it seems like really long odds."

Amanda Breen articles with Deloitte & Touche LLP in North York and has an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She said: "I chose to become a CA in second year university while applying to co-op postings. I was unsure of the career path I wanted to take, but felt the designation opens doors to any industry as all companies require an accountant. I am still undecided about what career path I want to take in the future. However, I would like to move into an advisory role, whether its tax planning or other financial advice. I feel the CA designation is vital in ensuring I have the required technical knowledge to pursue this type of career."

In addition to being together on the Honour Roll, Jacob and Amanda are also engaged to each other.

In total, Ontario had a record 1,363 successful UFE writers and captured 20 of 51 National Honour roll spots.

The following 35 other Central Ontario region CA students successfully wrote the exam and, upon completion of their 30-month experience requirement, will have earned the right to add the letters CA to their names:


  •  Keith D'Souza
  •  Craig A. Keizer
  •  Christopher A. Lazarte
  •  Henry Louis
  •  Karim K. Quadri
  •  M. Nadeem Siddiqui
  •  Sarah M. Springate
  •  Cameron M.S. Walker


  •  Ivan A.T.K. Lo


  •  Steven D.R. Clarke


  •  Randy J. Davidson


  •  Jane E. Angelo


  •  Luc Chiasson


  •  Thomas Campbell
  •  Christopher W. Hanley
  •  Michal Kuratczyk
  •  Daniel K. McEathron
  •  Justin L. Sevink
  •  Anna Taylor


  •  Karen M. Berends
  •  Ashley Didone
  •  Marissa L. Drummond
  •  Stephanie J. Gates
  •  Amy L. Tipton


  •  Jared M. Bishop
  •  Karthika Elanganayagam

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  •  Ashley E. Booth
  •  Amalie H.C. Vanderzwet


  •  Kevin W. MacNaughton


  •  Gregory E. Dionne
  •  Timothy J. Holy
  •  Crystal J. Jack
  •  Michael D. Maker
  •  Alexander R. McIntosh
  •  Amar M. Sheth

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates," said Rod Barr, FCA, President and CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CA is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities. I am confident that all of the students will make great contributions in their future careers and will uphold the high standards of the CA profession."

Photos of the Honour Roll students and interviews are available on request.

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 33,000 Chartered Accountants and 5,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's internationally recognized standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Ontario CAs contribute greatly to international and domestic investor confidence in the soundness of the Ontario and Canadian economies. The Institute's website is: and the student website is

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271